Hills Mother’s Luncheon Returns to Support Charity

After a two-year absence, The Hills Fundraising Committee for Children’s Medical Research Institute (CMRI) held their “best-ever’’ event at The Hilton last week with guest speaker Lady Lynne Cosgrove.

Committee President, Patti Payne, who also sits on CMRI’s Board said it wonderful to welcome back so many mothers to their annual event.

Accompanying Lady Lynne to the event was her husband, former Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove. She shared stories of raising her three sons as Sir Peter rose through the army ranks to eventually become Chief of the Defence Force, before then becoming Governor General.

“I thank everyone at CMRI for their amazing work, it really is incredible.’’

Liz Burfitt Hills Mother’s Luncheon Returns To Support Charity

CMRI’s Director, Professor Roger Reddel, spoke about the latest scientific advances in the labs before a young mother, Liz Burfitt (pictured) who grew up in Cherrybrook, spoke about the recent experience of her daughter Sophia being diagnosed with cancer.

“The only factor that differs between a child that survives and a child that tragically dies is research,’’ said Liz. “Research saved our Sophia, and not a day goes by that I am not grateful for it. Thank you to CMRI for all the work you do in finding treatments and understanding children’s genetic illnesses and thank you to everyone here for supporting this incredible organisation.’’

Mrs Payne thanked all the generous businesses and individuals who donated prizes for a raffle, MC John Mangos and all those who attended to support CMRI – describing it as a “wonderful and magic event’’.

CMRI is a Westmead-based charity, known for Jeans for Genes Day, which aims to find treatments and cures for children’s genetic disease. Find out more at jeansforgenes.org.au

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